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What can the public and patients expect of a Clinical Physiologist?

The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation, which is causing a significant impact to people’s lives, the NHS, businesses and the wider economy. Clinical physiologists, as with all healthcare professionals, are under intense pressure. The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) means they might need to deliver care in different ways.

They are trying to do their best for all the patients they treat and to protect the health of the public.

Much non-urgent diagnostic/therapeutic care will be delayed, while members of the healthcare team will likely work in different ways to their usual practice. We expect all RCCP registrants to take all reasonable steps to meet the RCCP regulatory Standards.  However, RCCP will consider the vulnerabilities of its registrants when making decisions during this period.

Clinical Physiologists are however still accountable for the care they give and the decisions they make. They’re expected to do their best in extraordinary circumstances to deliver good care and follow our guidance and all national guidance. They should treat you with dignity and respect, listen to your concerns and discuss options with you.

You can help by: 
  • following the latest advice on the NHS 111 website
  • following the latest UK government advice at GOV.UK
  • seeking alternative sources of help where appropriate
  • being understanding of the pressure on clinical physiologists and all healthcare professionals
  • treating all NHS professionals with respect.
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